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Abuse / Past Trauma?

Posted by Ali Renee on July 31, 2014 at 9:15pm 2 Comments

It's really confusing

Posted by Natalie Guest on July 31, 2014 at 9:49am 0 Comments

Why My Life is Changing Drastically

Posted by Rachel on July 30, 2014 at 2:40pm 3 Comments

MD and Sadness

Posted by Ale on July 27, 2014 at 5:13pm 0 Comments

Dream Blog #1

Posted by Amber on July 20, 2014 at 8:54pm 0 Comments

We will all be in this together!

Posted by Ruby Hunt on July 14, 2014 at 11:33pm 3 Comments

A tip for sleeping with MDD

Posted by Amber on July 12, 2014 at 6:12pm 1 Comment

Want to talk about MD?

Posted by Samantha Law on July 10, 2014 at 4:55pm 4 Comments

The thinking paradox

Posted by escarei on July 9, 2014 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

My Progress

Posted by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on July 9, 2014 at 12:36pm 6 Comments

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Jonathan Eagle commented on Nathaly's blog post A question to all the Mdreamers - why do you think it is so hard to tell smb what we're doing?
"I think there are several reasons as to why it is difficult to talk about: 1) I wouldn't even know where to start regarding as to how I would describe MD, probably by showing them this website but I know full well that the obvious reaction…"
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Cordellia Amethyste Rose commented on Ali Renee's blog post Abuse / Past Trauma?
"Those forums are probably referring to an old study done by Eli Somer that only 6 participants, all of whom had experienced trauma.  Naturally, he concluded that MD was caused by trauma.  In the next study, done by Dr. Cynthia Schupak and…"
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Look at the Bright Side

This is for the daydreamers that don't look at their disorder as a curse but yet as a gift; a gift given to a select few that allows them to live not one, but many lives.See More
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Amanda Lewone replied to SnowPatrolGirl's discussion I'm just exploring this
"Ye there is something very attractive about celebrity life. But I think you should try doing at least one activity you enjoy outside of the celeb thing. Drama or music?"
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Amanda Lewone posted a discussion

A typical day

Hi. I was just wondering what everyone gets up to on a typical day.
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Amanda Lewone replied to Natalie Guest's discussion I'm new to this
"Hi. I can relate. I have periods of YouTube obsessions, then I act out potential videos I want to make but never do. Cordellia's advice is really great! I can't offer more than that, but I did want to ask if you've tried starting a…"
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Amanda Lewone commented on Ali Renee's blog post Abuse / Past Trauma?
"Hi. It seems there are both types of people, those with and without a traumatic past. I suspect that mine started because I was very shy and fearful in school and other social situations. I remember getting home and re-enacting situations where I…"
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Ali Renee posted a blog post

Abuse / Past Trauma?

I have looked up this disorder on psychology forums and web pages and most say that the cause of MDD has to do with childhood trauma/conflict. My childhood was very happy and I have never been abused but still excessively daydream. I was just wondering if a lot of people on this site do daydream from really negative experiences as a coping method or is it just random/ just how you are?  I am curious because i feel like disorders are ALWAYS said to be caused by past trauma or abuse (but what if…See More
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It's really confusing

I'm trying to decided what I want to major in for college but my DD has been blocking my train of thought. This is my first year of college and I know a lot of people don't know what they want to do when they first enter college but I'm really scared I'm never going to figure it out. I'm really scared that my DD is going to get in the way of that. I just want to do something that I love and be happy but I'm not sure how to figure that out. I've talked to my friend about this and she says that…See More
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alena commented on Cordellia Amethyste Rose's group Maladaptive Daydreamers
"Trigger for onset? Or genetic? I'd MD since last 3 years. It started after a bad ,shocking experience. Then I daydreamed all the day and night continuously for 3 months, all the time ,lying in bad. Then another trigger came up. I'd to go…"
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Award and Punishment

Hoping technique(You can use other happy moments daydreaming or just thinking what you feel the best. But remember, "those happy moments only for a few moments, just as a award." And not starting actual daydreaming.)I tried it yesterday to help with exam preparations → succeeded.→ Award = 7 jumps. Full of love ,joy, happiness, freedom. Height crossing over tree sky. In mind *works like daydreaming, giving a kind of satisfaction.→ Punishment = not giving time for jump.→ Possible reason for…See More
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SnowPatrolGirl posted a discussion

I'm just exploring this

Hi. I have autism and stuff and I think I have MD if it's real. I fantasize all the time for hours about meeting celebrities or friends/family and talking to them, making up conversations, and stories about imaginary people. I do lay in bed for a long time, sometimes 14 hours a day and I watch a lot of TV and movies and stuff so yeah. I'm also super obsessed with wanting to be a celebrity and I drive myself nuts and flip out over it and go to therapy.See More
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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I'm just exploring this

Started by SnowPatrolGirl. Last reply by Amanda Lewone 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi. I have autism and stuff and I think I have MD if it's real. I fantasize all the time for hours about meeting celebrities or friends/family and talking to them, making up conversations, and stories about imaginary people. I do lay in bed for a…Continue

A typical day

Started by Amanda Lewone 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi. I was just wondering what everyone gets up to on a typical day.

I'm new to this

Started by Natalie Guest. Last reply by Amanda Lewone 12 hours ago. 3 Replies

I have been daydreaming for as long as I can remember. I've known for a long time that my daydreaming was getting out of control. I just thought maybe it would stop but, it hasn't. I just recently fount out about Maladaptive Daydreaming. I read…Continue

Is this MDD or "normal" daydreaming?

Started by Jenny. Last reply by Jenny yesterday. 4 Replies

After writing my post on here about the daydreaming I do to do with my own fantasy world, I've been starting to think about other types of daydreaming I do that I've never really considered before. For example, if I'm going to go out for a meal that…Continue

Compulsive Action

Started by dream_away. Last reply by Adelaide Weiss yesterday. 14 Replies

From what I've read, I know that performing a compulsive action is common during daydreams. Some include pacing, tapping, or rocking back and forth. For whatever reason, mine is jumping. I'm 14, and live with my 5 other family members, and they…Continue

Told my mom about it. What now?

Started by dream_away. Last reply by Cemre on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I told my mom about MD in a very straightforward way. I just handed her my tablet with an article about maladaptive daydreaming on it, and since I had attempted to talk to her before, she said she recognized the material and decided to cut me off…Continue

Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by Ale on Wednesday. 439 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

Real or fake

Started by Melinda. Last reply by Crystal on Tuesday. 24 Replies

Are your imaginary people real people in the world or characters you made up?Are your characters famous people?  You create your world to be their special someone? Continue

what do you think of this?

Started by ashlee. Last reply by Cyan on Tuesday. 6 Replies

i was on tumblr and i saw this post that said: "maladaptive day dreaming my ass.....Some people need to stop claiming to have this disease. Just because you can vividly imagine your characters talking to you, imagine their whole life, imagine…Continue

Headaches/Vertigo

Started by Jessica Cottingham. Last reply by Cyan on Tuesday. 2 Replies

Hi! I've read that a side effect of MDD is headaches (and I get headaches a lot) but I was curious if anyone here experiences frequent bouts of vertigo. I had it once particularly bad a while ago for the first time and now they are occurring more…Continue

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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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